If Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 is just a tad too small for you to run two Android apps on-screen, maybe a larger device would work? Benchmarks suggest such a slate is coming, in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. Read more »
The new year rings in with a few new hardware developments with new machines rumored or leaked in advance of CES. There’s Chrome software news too though: You can run the bleeding edge Canary version of Chrome OS. Should you? Read more »
In a move that should spur sales, Motorola started 2014 by dropping the cost of its Moto X handset to $399 without a contract. The deal was announced on Wednesday morning and applies to all carriers as well as Moto Maker custom phones. While some thought the Android phone was overpriced at launch for the hardware that it offered, I think the experience and features make up for any lacking components. Regardless, the issue of cost is less of one now that the new year has started with a price reduction for the Moto X.
Did you find a new Android phone among your holiday gifts? Well here’s another gift: Five of them, actually. These tips and apps will make that new Android phone even better. Read more »
Holding out for the elusive HP Chromebook 11? At least one model is back in stock and available online, following the device getting pulled from retail shelves due to power unit issues. Read more »
BlackBerry’s troubles are generally well-known by now, yet that doesn’t stop some for clinging on to their precious ‘Berry. You can literally see that on a CrackBerry forum where people post sightings of people — typically, famous but not always — with their beloved BlackBerry handset. The New York Times notes that these folks are a “dying, but not dead, breed” of smartphone user and suggests that for some, BlackBerry still retains some status as used by those who favor work as compared to users of iPhones and Android devices.
Based on the statistics, maybe selling those Kindle Fire tablets at or below costs isn’t such a bad idea. Although smartphones created more mobile traffic this holiday, tablets generated more overall sales. And Amazon gained a million new Prime members. Read more »
Nvidia Tegra Note 7 owners get a day-after holiday surprise in the form of a software update. Once updated over the air, the device supports left-handed stylus users and always on HDR camera functionality. Read more »
Amid falling PC sales, HP can’t afford another mobile misstep like it suffered with Palm’s webOS. The company has a few Android tablets but will soon introduce several low-cost 6- to 7-inch phablet phones in emerging markets says The Information. Read more »
Tech enthusiasts and developers no longer need to decide between running Android or Ubuntu on a smartphone or tablet. Thanks to Canonical, you can have both through a dual-boot solution. Read more »
Although Chrome for Android is a super browser, I’m shocked that there’s still no native method to show just the content of a web page without ads or annoying distractions. Safari for iOS has this function and these steps replicate it on Android. Read more »
Previously available in a beta, AllCast is now in the Google Play store. The app wirelessly shares photos and videos from an Android smartphone or tablet to a number of devices including Apple TV, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Google TV, Roku, certain Smart TVs and other DLNA-compatible devices. Google’s Chromecast isn’t currently supported because the Chromecast SDK still in flux. The software requires Android 4.0 or better and while there is a free version, a $4.99 premium edition removes ads, splash screens and limits on video lengths.
With 760 million subscribers and a brand new 4G network, China Mobile is ready for the iPhone. Apple is happy to oblige. Why? Selling iPhones to just 10% of China Mobile subscribers would be twice that of the 33.6 million sales worldwide last quarter. Read more »
The Qualcomm Toq has the right pieces of a potential successful smartwatch: A color display, wireless charging and one week runtime, even with the display always on. But make no mistake, this is still a concept — a good one — more than a product. Read more »
Thanks to a DOS emulator written for Chrome, I’m getting my game on while offline — old school style! Tune in to our podcast to hear what makes the magic happen along with Chrome news from the week. Read more »
The Android world is changing thanks to Motorola: the company offer devices without a custom user interface and it’s quick at getting software updates to phones. A low-cost tablet aims to bring tech to those who don’t have it while Samsung’s Gamepad debuts. Read more »
Had I asked this question two or three years ago, the answer would likely have been a no. But much has changed in a short time for T-Mobile which now has fast LTE, improved coverage and more spectrum. Now it just needs more customers. Read more »
What’s in store for wearables in 2014? A design and wearables software expert offers up the forecast which includes the elusive Apple smartwatch, multiple app store land grabs and more data for Facebook thanks to connected devices and life-logging. Read more »
Motorola is quickly proving that it can take the best of Google’s Nexus program and offer it to mainstream consumers. Every new Motorola phone now has Android 4.4 available in near-record time. Read more »
Facebook Home, the custom Android launch app, is still alive and kicking although that might surprise you. The newest version is now available and brings a few navigation improvements as well as an easier way to connect accounts. Read more »
After spending billions on spectrum without a network to show for it, DISH first looked to Sprint as way to enter the market. A purchase deal fell through and now the company is thinking of making a bid for T-Mobile. Read more »
Want to bookmark a website in Chrome and “pin” it somewhere? You can’t just yet, but this experimental feature shows how it could be done in the future. Read more »
Microsoft has pulled the latest Surface Pro 2 firmware update but not soon enough for some. Users are experiencing power problems and other issues with their devices. The situation exemplifies the complexities of Windows in a new era of simpler computing. Read more »
App makers continue to line up offering titles for Google Glass, the latest being the Wall Street Journal. Glass also now supports custom weather alerts and the Winkfeed app for RSS feeds; you can even save an article to Pocket from the app. Read more »
Pebble plans to provide one-stop shopping for smartwatch apps in the Pebble appstore early next year. Developers get an early look now and can start working with Pebble to prep their apps in seven unique app store categories. Read more »
Most mobile devices are actually disruptive when you think about it. How many times have you seen people reach for and read information on their phone when in a conversation, for example? How long does that take? Google Glass and other wearable devices actually “remove” tech from the situation, argues Wired in this insightful piece and I’m inclined to agree: Wearing Glass can be far less disruptive than using a smartphone around others.
The form-factors for Windows devices are expanding in variety like never before as traditional desktops and laptops have less appeal. Chrome OS devices are following suit, with the latest from LG looking like the love-child of an iMac and a Chromebox. Read more »
Bamboo is a nice look for a phone, giving it an earthy, yet expensive air. And if you like that look, be prepared for the expense: Motorola now offers the Moto X with a custom bamboo backing for an additional $100 premium. Read more »
Got Glass? The newest monthly software update is available and includes support for the new iOS MyGlass app plus a number of new features including Hangouts and video uploads to YouTube. Read more »
Using Google Glass to its fullest extent before now meant pairing with an Android phone for the MyGlass app. Google now has a version for iOS, bringing much deeper integration between the wearable computer and a phone. Read more »
Samsung may be pushing further into brick-and-mortar retails stores now that it has hired a former Apple Store designer. The company could benefit from stores that explain how the Galaxy line of devices work best together. Read more »
As expected, there’s an official recall for the HP Chromebook 11 power unit. The laptop was voluntarily removed from retail shelves last month amid reports of overheating; customers can now get a replacement charger. Read more »
Got an Android phone? You can use Samsung’s Gamepad controller with it; the accessory is optimized for Galaxy devices but can be used with any phone running Android 4.1 or better. Read more »
U.K.-based network operator EE announced one of many expected roaming partnerships on Monday with the first being with AT&T. The carrier bills itself as the biggest and fastest in the U.K and says AT&T customers from the U.S. can expect average speeds of 24 to 30 Mbps in major cities. This freedom isn’t expected to come free, or even cheap though, says ZDNet. Last week AT&T announced a similar deal with Canada’s Rogers Communications with international data plans for roaming starting at $30 for a measly 120 MB per month.
Get ready to fire up the Mac App Store if you run OS X Mavericks: There’s a new software update waiting for you. Released on Monday, OS X 10.9.1 includes Safari 7.0.1 and improved support for Gmail in the OS X Mail app. The new software also fixes a few issues in Apple’s desktop software: VoiceOver will now properly speak sentences with certain emoji characters and Apple’s iLife and iWork apps can now be updated on non-English systems. For a full list of the issues OS X 10.9.1 addresses, check the complete release notes.
It’s been a long wait, but the HP Omni 10 Windows tablet with full HD screen is here. The slate has one of the fastest Atom chips available and retails for $399. A keyboard attachment would make this tablet a bit more compelling. Read more »
Watch for Microsoft’s April Build conference where it’s expected to detail the newest Windows Phone features. According to The Verge, those will include at least two key functions: The debut of a personal assistant app and a centralized notification center for Windows Phones. While iOS has Siri and Android has Google Now, Microsoft’s virtual assistant is rumored to be codenamed Cortana, after the AI assistant in the Halo game series for Xbox. Unlike the other main platforms, Windows Phone currently handles notifications on an app level without any central notification center to manage such messages. Perhaps Cortana will do that for us too?
Is there a market in the U.S for the same low-cost Android tablets found in India? Datawind thinks so and is bringing a trio of tablets to test that theory. Surprising, the lowest cost one may have the most potential for success. Read more »
The larger display of Apple’s iPad is the perfect palette for Yahoo Weather. The new app makes its way from iPhone to iPad today and provides stunning photos relevant to your location. Oh, and it’s pretty good at weather forecasts too. Read more »